“Reading to Learn is one of the world’s most powerful literacy programs. It is designed to enable all learners at all levels of education to read and write successfully, at levels appropriate to their age, grade and area of study. The Reading to Learn strategies have been independently evaluated to consistently accelerate the learning of all students at twice to more than four times expected rates, across all schools and classes, and among students from all backgrounds and ability ranges.
The program has been developed over ten years with teachers of primary, secondary and tertiary students across Australia and internationally, to integrate reading and writing with teaching the curriculum at all year levels. The strategies apply cutting edge research in classroom learning, and language across the curriculum, in a form that is accessible, practical and meets the needs of teachers and students.” (http://www.readingtolearn.com.au/)
In 2012 I commenced a professional development course in Dr David Rose’s Reading to Learn program. This course has given me the opportunity to explore and implement cross-curricular teaching strategies based on Functional Grammar methodology that ensure equal access for students of varied abilities and language backgrounds. The implementation of these strategies in my classroom has resulted in significant improvements in the literacy of my students as it has increased their ability to read and understand texts and independently create texts according to the conventions of a range of genres.